November 2022

Wellness Spotlight

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Did you know that the year 2021 marked the 100th anniversary if the discovery of insulin? Before the discovery of insulin, people with diabetes did not live long lives. Since then, we have come a long way in reducing the burden diabetes has on people's daily lives. But the fight is not over. Presently, the number of people living with diabetes is the highest it has ever been. About 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes and about 1 in 5 people with diabetes do not know they have it. People are developing diabetes at younger ages and at higher rates. The more you know about diabetes, the more you can do about preventing it, delaying it, or reducing its harmful effects. In this month's wellness spotlight, we go over diabetes prevention, understanding the risks, and tips and resources for diabetes management.

Read more in November's Wellness Spotlight
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Work Well Ambassador of the Month

This month's Work Well Ambassador is Tammy Anderson

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication!

What's Happening?

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How are you grateful today? Researchers suggest that gratitude should be practiced daily. The Gratitude Campaign gives participants daily gratitude activities to complete. Try all the gratitude activities and see which ones you can implement into your daily lifestyle!

Log your daily gratitude activities and get entered into a drawing for a chance to win a pair of UND Hockey Tickets against the UMD Bulldogs!

The challenge starts November 14 and ends on November 23.
Registration opens November 9.

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VIRTUAL Zen in 10 will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10:00am

*No sessions November 24

Join us on Zoom HERE
Meeting ID: 999 5460 9002
Password: zenin10
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IN-PERSON Zen in 10 will be held on

McCannel Lobby Area @ 9:00 a.m.
O'Kelly Room 300C @ 9:30 a.m.

Become a Healthy Department!
Healthy Departments is a way to recognize departments that make their staff members wellness a priority by having healthy meeting practices. Departments agree to offer healthy beverage & food options during meetings and incorporate physical activity such as stretching into the agenda. It's that easy!

Email for more information.
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Apply to be a Work Well Ambassador
Work Well Ambassadors consist of staff & faculty members from all UND campus'. They promote wellness & provide updates within their various departments.
Are you wellness-minded & would like to motivate others?

Email Work Well at to apply today!
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Happy Healthy Harvest
Join us for Happy Healthy Harvest, where you can conquer dinner for your family! These recipes are sure to be a crowd pleaser, leaving your family asking for more! For $30 every other Friday, go home with all the ingredients prepped and ready to cook and serve for the weekend!

Upcoming Sessions:
11/4- Pumpkin Raviolis
11/18- Butternut Squash and Prosciutto Pizza

Register by Thursday of the prior week HERE!
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Get Certified in Cardio Sport!

When: Saturday, November 5th 8:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Wellness Center Large GX Studio
Registration Fee: $50

Only 10 spots left! Participants will receive certification by attending this training.

CPR & First Aid Class Available
Emergencies can happen anytime. Are you prepared?
UND Wellness & Health Promotion offers American Heart Associattion courses held righ on campus to provide you with the critical training that you need for any emergency at home or work. These course are open to both UND affiliates and the general public. Our classes fill up quickly, so please register early to secure a spot.

Check the class schedule and offerings!
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Rock Wall Family Days
Has your family ever wanted to try rock climbing?

Come to the Wellness Center Rock Wall and experience it for yourself. This event gives families the opportunity to experience rock climbing with guidance and instruction from our Attendants. Each Family Day costs $15 per child. For more information/register click HERE
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Join us for our Gaming Family Days!
Our new Nexus facility boasts state-of-the-art PCs, which will allow you and your kids to bond over some of the most popular games today! Gaming accounts will be required (Steam, Epic, Riot, etc.), so be sure to have your log-in information ready! Fee is $15 per child.

When registering for the event, each child will need to be added to their parents account in our Fusion system to register them. To learn more and register, click HERE.
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Mossa On-Demand
UND Wellness & Health Promotion has partnered with Mossa On-Demand to provide Faculty, Staff and Students the opportunity to work out anytime, anywhere you choose using your own TV, mobile app or computer.

There are over 70 workouts to choose from with new ones added regularly. Workouts can range from 10 - 60 minutes in length, but you can pick and choose which ones to do, making it your own work out. There is even NEW series included to De-Desk™ Your Body!!! Sign up for a 14-day free trial and then its only $9.99/month. Let’s Keep Moving this year!

Wellness Education Opportunities
Work Well has several different resources for UND employees to learn about developing healthier lifestyles. Need some pointers on stretches or mental health coping strategies? Check it out HERE
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Don't miss out! Remember to take your annual LifeScore Health Assessment so you can receive your Fitness Center Reimbursement and be eligible to earn a $250 wellness benefit ($500 per household). Learn more HERE.
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Nominate Your Co-worker!
The UShine Award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went above and beyond, with an annual award chosen each May!

UND faculty, staff, students and public are encouraged to nominate and recognize a UND Staff member who did something special or extraordinary to assist a colleague, supervisor, student, or family.
Angel Fund
Be an Angel for UND students today! We know that life can bring unexpected challenges. We never want a student to leave UND because of a situation that is beyond their control. The UND Angel Fund provides support for these students so these challenges aren't a barrier to competing their education. To make a gift, visit the UND Alumni page HERE. Your kindness matters. Thank you for supporting students through the UND Angel Fund.


Vaccines for All Faculty & Staff
Covid-19 vaccines and boosters are available to all UND students, faculty, and staff at UND Student Health Services. Appointments for Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are available. For more information, check out UND Student Health Services.
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NDPERS November Wellness Newsletter
We all need different solutions to be successful in our individual wellness pursuit. The Dakota Wellness Program for NDPERS members offers just that - a broad mix of tools and a variety of education to encourage and support you in your wellness journey.

Employee Wellness Webinar: Effective Committee Meetings 11/11/2022 @ 10:00 AM
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Sanford Health Plan's Virtual Wellness Book Club
A monthly virtual book club for Sanford Health Plan members to engage and connect with the six dimensions of wellbeing in a meaningful way.

Book Title: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

When: First Thursday of each month, starting 11/3

Diabetes can be prevented, but not cured. Take control of your health and start making positive lifestyle changes with the help of a trained lifestyle coach and fun, engaging support groups. Groups: NDSU Extension, Grand Forks Senior Center, Sanford Health Plan, YMCA, & Altru. Learn more HERE.
UND is a Tobacco Free Campus. If you are ready to quit, UND offers unique benefits to help Faculty and Staff who are interested in quitting smoking or chewing tobacco. Get help to quit and cover the costs. Learn more here.
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It's never too soon or too late for parents to make a positive impact on their child's health and well-being. As a parent, you can play a powerful role in supporting the behavioral health of your kids. Parents Lead helps parents find resources on topics that will help you lay the foundation for a healthy home where everyone thrives.
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